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on president obama's nominee to be the assistant secretary of housing and urban development. live gavel-to-gavel coverage here on c-span2. >> today the pew center ohses a daylong conference on voters' experiences in the 2012 election. representatives from google, facebook, microsoft and twitter as well as democratic and gop secretaries of state will discuss voter registration and id laws and the long lines that occurred outside some voting precincts. live coverage of the conference begins at 9 a.m. eastern over on c-span3. >> now, white house economic adviser gene sperling and ohio republican senator rob portman give their thoughts on deficit reduction and averting the so-called fiscal cliff. they recently spoke at an event hosted by the group campaign to fix the debt. first, you'll hear from senator portman whose remarks were interrupted by protesters calling for the protection of social security and medicare deficit reduction negotiations. this is about a half an hour. [inaudible conversations] >> morning. thank you all for joining us this morning. i'm maya macguineas, i am working wi
against that. the simpson-bowles commission, the obama-boehner talks, two rounds of those, biden, cantor. he was involved in every one of those. the gang of six, the gang of eight. and even though he wasn't personally one of the three people on the super committee, chairman murray, chairperson murray was leaning on him all the time for information. he has been terrific. as chairman of the budget committee, no one could do more than he did. i can remember here he managed the bills we had on getting budgets. he was here, my seat was there, and he wanted me to help him. why? because he didn't have time to deal with procedure. he was dealing with substance. i still joke with him about this. he was so intense, you could see that mind of his working. so he was happy that i was here working with him to get the budgets through. he has been a powerful voice against runaway deficits, but always being totally reasonable, recognizing that we're in a time of economic slowdown, we have to do something about the debt, but he also believes that during any of these periods of time, you need stimulation o
. the obama administration has conspicuously announced a pivot to asia. at the center of this pivot is china, which exists as both an adversary to certain u.s. interests and a fellow traveler sharing mutual goals and vulnerabilities on others. the ongoing challenge will be for the united states to disce discern, sometimes issue by issue, whether china is an adversary or a partner. and this calibration will impact america's relations with the rest of asia and may ultimately determine prospects for war or peace in this world. while visiting indonesia, thailand and the philippines in october, i was reminded of the economic vitality of southeast asia and the fact that the ten countries comprising asean represent now the fourth largest export market of the united states. these countries are center stage to the circumstances with china. we must stand firm with our friends throughout asia and actively pursuit prospects for free trade and open sea lanes and other policies that will strengthen america's economic growth. more broadly, we face the specter of global resource constraints, especially defi
: they have more emphasis on spending cuts than president obama and john boehner has come up with about $2.2 trillion plan over 10 years. he offered 800,000, i'm sorry, 800 billion in revenues, which he would like to get from tax reform, broadening the base, removing some of the tax deductions. without raising the income tax rates on the higher income households. and that is the sticking point. president obama has offered not real specific plan for spending cuts. in fact he has offered to, he wants to do a little bit of economic stimulus for job creation. but he has offered about 400 billion in medicare cuts as a starting point. but president obama is, seems to be going to the mat on raising the top two tax brackets for households earning 250,000 or more. and this is what the republicans, political and for historical reasons have had the most trouble with. >> host: house republicans according to the "usa today", we're looking 300 billion in mandatory savings and 300 billion in discretionary savings. that is their proposal so far put out by the speaker. what are we talking about here? >> gu
confirmation, the senate will have confirmed 159 of president obama's nominees to the district of circuit courts. during the last presidential election year, -- 2008, that is -- the senate confirmed a total of 28 judges, 24 district and four circuit. this presidential election year, we have exceeded those numbers. we have confirmed five circuit nominees and judge grimm's will be the 32nd district judge confirmed. that is a total of 37 judges this year versus 28 in the last presidential election year. so once again i want to set the record straight and i hope i've done so. republicans have been more than fair to this president and his judicial nominees. i support this nomination and will put the balance of my statement in the record. i suggest -- i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: i'd ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. chambliss: i ask unanimous consent igor demensky be allowed floo
that they wanted somebody else to pay their bills. and i saw president obama on tv about a month or so before election and he wasn't concerned about the deficit. but i have a question that i have been wondering. does all these people on medicaid that obama put on medicaid, does that come out of a medicare program? >> guest: yes, it does. it certainly does. and one of the reasons actually i like the proposal on medicaid is essentially to block the grant program back to the states this is not a cut in spending but we limit the future increases to population growth and inflation may be in plus one, something like that. we found the state's do exactly what we did with welfare in the 1990's which most people on both sides argue work well. the great thing about the proposal is that it is some new stuff. a lot of it has worked in other contexts. what is new is he had the political courage and skill to put it together in a package that you can pass out. >> host: the gop plan is to create a fiscal crisis so it can privatize social six devotee and medicare. >> guest: absolutely not true. what's creatin
june 25, 2012, addressed to president obama, leader reid, leader mcconnell, leader pelosi and speaker boehner from the partnership for a new economy, signed by the presidents or chancellors of 42 public or private universities. i have a letter to congress from the information technology industry council, the partnership for a new american economy in the united states chamber of commerce supporting stem immigration reform like this bill. i have another letter dated november 15, 2012, to members of congress from the american council on international personnel and the society for human resource management supporting this type of stem legislation. i have another letter dated september 19, 2012, to speaker boehner, leader cantor, whip mccarthy, minority leader pelosi, minority whip hoyer from connect, a u.s. c. san diego commercialization enterprise. i have all these letters and i would ask unanimous consent that they be made a part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cornyn: unless i offend my friend at baylor, university, in waco, texas, i did overlook a letter i
president bush, president clinton, second president bush, now president obama. none of those other presidents were treated in the way this president is treated. it's something senate democrats have never done in a lame duck session, whether after a presidential or midterm election. in fact, the senate democrats allowed votes on 20 of president george w. bush's judicial nominees, including three circuit court nominees in the lame duck session after the election in 2002. i remember i was the chairman of the judiciary committee. i moved forward on those votes, including one very controversial circuit court nominee. the senate proceeded to confirm judicial nominees in lame duck sessions after the elections in 2004 and 2006. actually, in 2006, we confirmed another circuit court nominee. we proceeded to confirm 19 judicial nominees in lame duck sessions after the election of 2010, including five circuit court nominees. the reason i'm not listing confirmations for the lame duck session at the end of 2008 is because that year we proceeded to confirm the last ten judicial nominees approved
terrorist attacks. in the obama administration the state that the attacks were security related and it didn't involve a protest prior to the attack which were unanticipated in their scope and intensity. a dispatch from the command center and the state department bureau of economic security on the day of the attack clearly reported it as a terrorist event and they refuse to recognize and label the attacks both during and after september 11th for what it was. they find that the failure in the leadership and management reached the senior levels and resulted in a security posture at the diplomatic compound that was an adequate for benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attacks that took place. this wasn't the result of insufficient information, or a lack of warning. as they clearly state, the responsible officials at the state department overlook mounting evidence that the security situation in benghazi was a deteriorating. they ignored the series of attacks against the western interest in the months and weeks leading up to 9/11 and failed to respond to the urgent request and pressing
obama's? >> i don't know president obama will. i spoke to him a few times. he was gracious in the to call when my daughter was injured a few sica. as did the vice president. spent your 12 year old daughter, how she? >> she's doing great. but let me just say i have deep admiration for the way he's able to balance out the be the hardest job in the world with the most important job, father and husband. i think the man is a role model. i have deep policy disagreements with the president. that's why i'm grateful we have a republic spent what have you learned from the way he handled his role as a father? >> i think he's done a great job as i think the clintons did, and raising two young girls. under very intense bubble, for himself personally but also the with gigabytes of his time. from what i've read he's never missed a parent teacher conference. if the president of the nfa of the net states and never misses a parent teacher conference, none of us should either. [inaudible] >> i've never said that. what i said is there is no parallel between fidel castro and barack obama or any
but with president obama's strong support and guidance we have brought the two departments closer together than ever before. we have underwritten joint vad. we began harmonizing our decisions. we committed both department to a common joint integrated health record. the iehr which will be open in architecture and the nonproprietary design. today veterans wait too late to receive the benefits they earn. together we're streamlining the processes, sharing more information between the departments. we supported dod implementation of the president's initiative to redesign the transition assistance program so that it is mandatory seamless, and productive. the new program provides a warm handoff from service-member to veteran status to ensure all who have served are prepared to transition in to civilian life and that they have accessed the va benefits and services they have earned. with the executive order to improve access to -- [inaudible] president obama continues to demonstrate that his commitment to veterans is genuine and runs deep. leon and i are working with side by side to ensure that service-member
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they would find, we send our prayers to all. this is a tragedy beyond words, and i think president obama said it best last night that our hearts are broken. but as senator durbin has said and senator leahy, i particularly want to thank you, we need to take action. congress needs to come together and take action to protect the safety of our children. we must do better. there have been too many episodes in which children's lives and others have been lost that we must figure out ways to do things, to act to prevent these types of tragedies. this conversation must include a discussion about the culture of violence that preemanates our culture today, including the glorification of violence to our children and young adults. we see too much of this violence and it has to have an impact on young children. we need to know how we can responsibly deal with this circumstance. must include a discussion of the mental health services provided to americans, including our students. many of us have talked about this in the past. we have to be more aggressive in dealing with the mental health needs of all the p
'll hear from obama campaign national field director jeremy byrd who blamed longer lines and election day confusion on what he called partisan laws aimed at making it harder for certain people to vote. this discussion was part of a daylong conference hosted by the pew center on the states. >> thanks. all right. i wanted to introduce the next panel. we came to this, um, after the elections after all the talk of some of the problems we saw on election day and, of course, the media picked up and drove a lot of the talk after election day. we wanted to get some experts up here, so with that i'll just introduce the moderator of the session. we're very lucky to have eliza newman carpny from cq roll call. >> thank all of you for coming here today. we have a very distinguished panel, and we're going to talk about the experience of voters on election day, jeremy bird is a veteran of barack obama's re-election campaign. he was national field director of obama for america in the recent elections. he was national deputy director of organizing for america, the group set up to build grassroots support
a letter urging speaker boehner to take the last hexit before the cliff. neither president obama nor democrats in congress have ever been ambiguous about our proposal to provide economic security for 98% of american families and 97% of small businesses while asking the wealthiest 2% to contribute just a little more to stop this runaway debt. and now that even a dyed in the wool conservative like senator coburn of oklahoma has endorsed the democratic approach, here's what he said, "i know we have to raise revenue. i would rather see the rates go up," he said. he's been heavily involved in everything that's happened in the last several years in washington dealing with debt. when he joins in, that's really significant. it is apparent how this will end. the only question is, when will it end? it's how long will speaker boehner make middle-class families wait for relief and how long will he force the financial markets to wait for u un-- wait for certainty? the longer he delays, the greater i think ris the risk to. so i urge him, don't listen to me, listen to your own caucus. listen to pru
. so there is a law passed by then senator barack obama. we mentioned that already, democratic republic of congo security and democracy act. this bill would put -- sexual violence, sanction, and so far we have hardly scratched the surface of this law. it still baffles people. it definitely baffles the congolese. number three, we need to activate the state department. i think we need to encourage militia who are trying to get out of the system to turn on their colleagues who are keeping them in the system. it is very much like a gang mentality where the concert difficult to get out, especially with ethnic affiliation. number four, we need to apply sanctions against individual institutions, identified in the report. i commend u.s. government and the congress for the recent initiative sanctions for m23. but it will not serve the intended purpose if we sanction -- we sanction anybody else and will not sanction rwanda or uganda. then the game will continue. if he becomes a burden he will be replaced. when he became a burden he was arrested. so tomorrow it will be somebody else. and i think w
of president obama and the workers and the people there, is obviously part of our, part of a manufacturing accessory in the united states now that may have saved over a million jobs. but i also think it's very important for the future. nobody doubts that the united states automobile industry is now positioned for the future jobs, which would not have happened had we let that the entire supply chain become eroded. i always thought one of the most significant quotes was that from alan at four. because everything anybody would've been taught in their metro or micro iconic -- economic class would have been that if you had three main competitors and two of them went out of business, the one standing would have been stronger, may be taking more market share and would be more powerful. it's striking then that ford motor company ceo said at the time, and i quote, we believe that if gm and chrysler gone into freefall bankruptcy they would have taken the supply base down and taken the industry down, but maybe turn the u.s. recession into a depression, closed quote. that is a teaching moment about th
this popular bill and send it to president obama for his signature? did they move to protect 98% of middle-class families from this tax hike in january? no. no. they decided to hold the middle-class tax cuts passed by the senate hostage in an attempt to push for tax cuts for the folks they care the most about, the top 2% of highest earning households. republicans fighting for millionaires and billionaires is not a new story. in 2001, president george w. bush decided to spend a large portion of the surpluses he inherited from president clinton to cut tax rates. many democrats opposed him then because the tax cuts were unfair, favoring the highest-income americans. to overcome that obstacle, the republicans resorted to a parliamentary technique, budget reconciliation, a maneuver that allowed for passage of their tax cuts but forced them to expire after 2010, at the end of the ten-year budget window. so we scroll forward to 2010. as 2010 ended, president obama and many democrats in congress, including myself, wanted to extend the tax cuts for middle-class families but let rates on income abov
on the numerous expiring tax provisions and the sequester. and i believe president obama must provide leadership in those efforts. i've seen very little so far. last week i came to the floor to speak about the fiscal cliff and some of the concerns that i continue to have and hear about as i travel to wyoming just about every weekend. just got back from there a few days ago, and people are very concerned about the direction of the country and what may happen to all americans on january 1. last week on the floor i spoke about the president's proposal to raise taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. in terms of spending next year, that tax increase would pay for just 6.8 days of what washington will spend. so the whole proposal that the president continues to make is basically enough to fund the government for not 52 weeks but one week alone. the tax increases that president obama is now trying to push through will really do almost nothing to reduce our national deficit and nothing to reduce our national debt. the white house and democrats in the senate are focused only on tax hikes while
and the obama administration for supporting a healthy intercity passenger rail system. for your leadership on freight rail infrastructure needs and for supporting improved service with words and money. we're grateful for the investments from the american recovery and reinvestment act which has provided more than $1.4 billion for illinois high-speed rail. i can tell you these current investments in illinois high speed passenger rail system are already supporting thousands of jobs and providing economic benefits with much more on the way. and we could not do it without federal help. we need continued federal funding for high-speed rail so we can finish the job that we started and keep our promises to travelers and taxpayers. these investors will continue to pay dividends, and the american people deserve no less. we ask that congress appropriate additional funds for states making these investments, including illinois and the midwest. it would've been the destiny of illinois and the entire midwest had the nation's real system not been centered in illinois in the mid-19th century? very simply,
, that when barack obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he told the aarp on september 6, 2008, that -- quote -- "john mccain's campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on social security might be to cut cost of living adjustments or raise the retirement age. let me be clear, i will do neither" -- end of quote, barack obama, september 6, 2008. now, mr. president, one of the astounding things about congress and inside the beltway mentality is how out of touch it is with what the american people are thinking and what the american people are believing. yesterday there was a poll in "the washington post", and i would like to submit that to the record as soon as i find it. but what that poll said --. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sanders: i've got it here. what that poll said, and i hope my colleagues will listen. this is yesterday's "washington post" and absolutely consistent with every other poll that i've seep. 60% of the american people believe it would be unacceptable to change the way social security benefits are calculated so that
leave to have the designated meeting with president obama. mr. cochran: mr. president, let me join with the senator from maryland in commending all senators for the expeditious way we've been able to move this bill but particularly the chairwoman herself, who's provided strong leadership, capable leadership, fairness, a sense of fairness for all senators, and i thank her for the honor of serving with her on this committee. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate senatorses can attend the weekly caucus meetings. this morning they approve and extension of the farm intelligence v it allows the government to continue intercepting overseas communication. it extends legal immunity phone companies that help the government wiretap the domestic phone calls. president obama plans to sign the bill. when the senate is back we are expecting senators to continued work on the $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. negotiations continue on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. both parties head to the white house today to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. it's at
't seen that with president obama. i've seen heard democrats complain that he never talks to them. we cannot do this kind of work without very, very strong presidential effort. that's what presidents are for. and it can't just be laying down a gauntlet sand say, you can't -- and say, you can't cross over that, or drawing a line in the sand. we need -- you got two programs now. and those two sides need to get together. and that includes the president and whatever democrats he cares to put in the equation and also speaker boehner, leader mcconnell, and others. as we attempt to reach a meaningful resolution of this debate in the coming weeks, there are three guideposts that i will keep in sight. first is the cliff itself. going over it would be the height of irresponsibility. and according to congressional budget office, going over the cliff will reduce g.d.p. to a negative .5% next year. throwing us back into a recession and causing unemployment to surge to 9.1% or more. but it seems increasingly clear that the president and democrats in congress are content to go over the cliff regardl
, including many who didn't vote for president obama in november, say that he has a mandate to reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the wealthy. mr. president, we on the democratic side are going to recognize that seven of our senators are retiring. that's really unfortunate. that's the decision they have made and it's, as i've indicated on more than one occasion, parting is sweet sorrow. we had a celebration last week and talked about those seven senators, and it was really a wonderful evening. so i've come here to the senate floor to talk about these individual senators. today i'm going to talk about senator herb kohl. herb kohl had to overcome adversity to become a united states senator. the history of herb kohl and his family overwhelmed me. he's a humble man. he doesn't talk much. i was stunned the other day, i guess it was last week, we had a guest rabbi, rabbi kohl from canada. it doesn't mean much hearing that name because it is a fairly common name. but after he finished, herb kohl, a man of humility, gave us a little bit of his background which we never heard before. senat
and the pace to be set by the united states. it's going to be i think the obama administration skal, especially with the external pressure of the israelis kind of constantly hovering out there and netanyahu's talk about a red line. when is the united states going to get really serious about the second track? i am one of these people who believes there is an agreement out there that could be reached. and that would lead to a non-nuclear weapons in iran. but, i think the diplomacy has to be stepped up. jack's final point, jack's point about a republican conservative able to achieve agreement of this sort that are more difficult for a democrat is a very important one. no matter what kind of agreements, if there is an agreement reached with iran, it's going to be attacked by a lot of constituencies but many of them are going to be republican. >> i could give you many examples where democratic president has reached -- -- [inaudible] >> regarding iran, i think in any situation, you have opportunity possibly. there are other times where the personalities make it simply impossible. we should not have n
. and if i were really to put -- they were complaining to me about couldn't i get president obama to be more clear and forceful in the things he cared about, and less inconsistent? they wanted to see structure. i don't want to get into the death of can fusionism, but part of it is picking is the king, the minister is the minister, the father is the father, the sun is the son and jeff government. so if everyone in his, and i should say or her place though confucianism doesn't leave much fun for the element. and that within the region and with the world as china looks at, a sense of harmony, japan would be law, that sense of harmony and how you would achieve it is that their frustration is that the work is not just acquiescing to the notion that they are a rich country, that they are returning, that they're powerful, that they want respect. and they want to see the world kind of step back and give it greater latitude, but doesn't see this. this is what i think whether i personally think we are on a collision course. because when you look at what china's expectations of the world are, you also
energy around compromise. thinking about for years from now, the end of president obama's second term, i've had time to you think the country's economy will improve? 51% say it will improve. economic well being of the middle class -- catch up with my slides. there we go. the deficit and debt will improve as 34%. but the one thing they are certain is that taxes will increase. and in the next four years how it affected you think the federal government will be on each of the following issues. we read a list of these issues, we rotated those. this is how it basically stacks up. ensuring long-term future of entire programs such as social security and medicare, 65%. 64% creating jobs, 64% improving public education, growing the economy, creating a business environment that allows for innovation. lowering the federal deficit actually false down to 40. not as much confidence there as a part on the other side. we been said the training faces a number of challenges including but not limited to large budget deficits, national debt, slower economic recovery, high unemployment, deep political divide
some more. this spending not only continued but escalated with the election of president obama. his first act was to increase the deficit by $800 billion-plus through a failed stimulus package, and all this increase in spending accounts for nearly 50% of the change from surplus to deficit. that's this part of the pie chart. so how about the tax cuts we hear so much about, we hear so much belly aching about from the other side? if you look closely at my chart, you will see that i have divided the tax relief into two slices. these two slices add up to about 24%. 11% of this, which i labeled all other taxes, primarily consist of the tax relief provided in president bush's 2008 stimulus package. president obama's 2009 stimulus and the payroll tax holiday are included here. of course, these provisions had large democratic support, as we all know. that leaves us with the 2001 and 2003 tax relief accounting for merely 12.9% of the change in the projected surplus. but understand what other people are saying, including, i think, even the president is saying, about the reason we have this big
. at the white house at this hour we are told that house speaker john boehner is meeting with president obama. the discussion the so-called fiscal cliff. we had a chance to take a look at that a bit earlier today and talk with of reporter triet estimate the so-called fiscal cliff continues this morning with a dive into social security. here to talk about the program and how it is involved in these discussions, negotiations over america's financial future is stephen joining us from the associated press where he is a reporter. thank you for being here. how many people in america received social security and how much do they get? >> 56 million people get social security and the average benefit is a little over 12,000, a little over $1,200 a month. so maybe 13, $14,000 a year. >> we are talking about retirees come also the disabled. >> there are actually a fairly wide group of people that social security benefits, retired workers, espouses, children, disabled workers, widows it is actually a fairly big social safety net of people who get the social security benefits. >> you mentioned 56 million b
in benghazi was an assault by heavily armed militants on our compound. later that same day president obama spoke to an act of terror. what was not clear at the time was exactly which terrorists were involved, what their motives were, exactly how this came about, whether this had been planned well in advance. and i'm convinced, senator, that my colleagues in the administration would address this issue and intelligence professionals on whom they relied operating in good faith. their focus was on being as factual as possible and the focus was on action. and you have to remember, sir, this time there were mobs coming over the walls of our embassy in cairo, tunis, and that was what people were focused on. and so the initial inaccuracies, because just as the arab report points out, there were no protest before the attack took place. it took several days for the intelligence community to conclude definitively that there were not any protests and that there were -- >> we are running out of time and i want to give the ambassador and opportunity respond. >> actually have run out of time. spent speci
obama doesn't mind whether or not we drive off the fiscal cliff. just last week, his own treasury secretary, secretary geithner, said the white house was -- quote -- "absolutely" prepared to go off the cliff unless republicans agree to raise marginal tax rates. in other words, during a period of high unemployment -- the highest since the great depression -- the president's willing to risk another recession in order to increase taxes on small businesses and the people we depend upon to create jobs. how much revenue will the president's tax hike generate? well, by raising the top two rates, it would produce only about $68 billion in 2013. i say "only," because in relationship to the gap between how much money the federal government's spending and how much money this would generate, it is relatively small. if we factor in the various stimulus tax expenditures that the president wants to expend, the net revenue falls below $55 billion. again, president obama is so desperate to secure this revenue that he's willing to risk another recession. meanwhile, he's asking for more stimulus spe
lady michelle obama. then journalist and historian david maraniss on his biography of barack obama. that's followed by more on president obama with edward klein who wrote "the amateur" about the president's life and career before reaching the white house. and later the white house videographer for the first two years of the obama presidency. >> you don't always find many newspaper editors of any era embracing investigative reporting. the point we've seen over the years it's not just economics, it's the discomfort that investigative reporting often causes in a newsroom. because it's troublesome. it's that more than the economics. i mean, if you're going to ruffle the feathers of somebody powerful, that gets those people running in to complain to the publisher, and there are stories that are legion over years about those kinds of things happening. don and i were fortunate through really almost all our career or to work for people who were really strong and upright in that area and just let the chips fall where they may. >> the investigative team of donald bar let and james steele wil
. but that is exactly what president obama and every democrat in this body has given to the american people. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor and suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from delaware. mr. coons: i ask the proceedings under the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. coons: mr. president, i rise today to join with my colleague senator paul to discuss the life and work of an exceptional american, dr. sandy greenberg, who is here with us today in the senate gallery along with his wife sue and his sister brenda even as we speak. sandy in my view, is an honorary delawarean because he spends a month out of every year at one of our most beautiful delaware beaches, rehoboth beach. but he's much more than that, a successful businessman and if i than throw pivot -- philanthropist, he has a wide array of business interests. he's a pioneer in the use of technology and medicine and helped bring telemedicine to rural health care facilities
about what we can do. i wanted to ask you. president obama has made it clear the policy of his administration is to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. there's a lot of talk in the town, maybe too much talk about the policy of containment or deterrence. can you tell us why the containment or deterrence? >> sure. the three major reasons you can't rely on deterrent for detainment. first of all, the possibility that a runs nuclear bombs might be used, either because the regime itself is messianic to be under terrible or because rogue elements get ahold of nuclear-weapons and use them or transfer. we saw what happened in pakistan the moderate regime. got hold of nuclear secrets which it developed and transferred to a variety of countries. what happened cannot transfer actual nuclear bombs. you also have to worry about this miscalculation. people say, well, you know, mutual assured destruction marched between the u.s. and the soviet union. well, if you look at the history, it actually came very, very close a couple of times, particularly on three occasions. one was the cub
be in order, that any related statements be printed in the record an that president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the judicial committee be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 6116. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 6116, an act to amend the revised organic act of the virgin islands, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: without objection, the committee is discharged and the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the bill be read a third time, passed, the motion to reconsider be considered -- i'm sorry. the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, there being no intervening action or debate and that any statements related to this matter be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the veterans affairs committee be discharged from further consideration of s. 2045. t
an impulse of the same with the obama administration in iran, and that means congress will have to push very hard to see that human rights and dr. c. and the promotion of those principles in iran is on that agenda, for most on that agenda and with the help of fdd we will help do that. congratulations on your human rights panel this morning. congratulations on all you do, and one more time, i want to tell you the intellectual information, the data that you provide is absolutely essential. thank you for that and i think at that point we will take some questions. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much. it is clear to all of us why you have been entrusted with this very important gaveled of cheering house foreign affairs committee following the very, very able leadership of the chairman. i understand we are on a tighter schedule and i realized and in a moment i am going to call up kenneth schwartz to introduce senator casey but i would be remiss if i didn't welcome the president here today, lieutenant colonel larry bird walk. in 1983 he was the commander of an amphibious unit in lebanon. in
believed to be children. 20 minutes ago president obama address to the nation and said our hearts are broken today. speaking in the white house briefing room the president pledged, she said, quote, we have to come together and take meaningful action. you can see the entire state of the president on the web site, the flag on the u.s. capitol you see the shot flying half staff ordered by speaker john boehner as you know the speaker and the president have been speaking on the so-called fiscal cliff and as part of the washington journal seriously look at unemployment insurance, what is funded and how that might be affected by the so-called fiscal clef. -- cliff. this is about five minutes. >> we turn to unemployment insurance and how the benefits could be impacted. joining for the discussion as the times' national correspondent. thanks for coming in. we want to start the discussion. when we are talking about unemployment insurance, what specific programs are we talking about here? >> on the employment insurance is a combination of both the federal and state program. usuall
inouye. president obama, vice president biden and veterans affairs secretary shinseki are kennelinged to pay tribute. -- scheduled to pay tribute. rear admiral barry black scheduled to perform the sermon. following a memorial service for members of congress, we see senator dick durbin on your screen. the senator died of respiratory complications mold, he was 88 years old. senator inouye returns home the hawaii on saturday. a public service will be held at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific on sunday before he's laid to rest in his home state. we're going to watch and listen now, live coverage on c-span2. ♪ ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [inaudible conversations] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ muck. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ muck. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [inaudible conversations] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [i
act passed. and i believe the first law that president obama signed. >> i should perhaps process might answer by saying when anything is ready to be reviewed, the author of the majority opinion will summarize the decision from the bench. not read every word of the often long opinion. and then will note at the end justice so-and-so has filed a dissenting carry. so they're not ordinary from the bench unless you feel that the court not only got it wrong, but meaningfully so. and that was when i thought in the lilly ledbetter case, i think most of you have heard about this case. lilly ledbetter was an area manager for a goodyear tire plant in gadsden, alabama, and she was the lone woman in such a position at that plant. when she was engaged in the 1970s, she got the starting salary for people in that position. but over the years, her pay slip in relation to her male peers. whether she suspected it our she didn't want to be known as a troublemaker, and and then one day and she was close to retirement age, one of her coworkers put a slip in her box that said her sour, then gave the seller of
the obama administration's but request for assistance to the fda newly authorized for emergency relief program. and hurricane sandwich triggered the worst transit disaster in the history of the united states. on the tuesday morning following the storm more than half of the nation's daily transit riders were without service. even in the days that followed services in boston and philadelphia and baltimore and washington d.c. came back online still 37%, while more than a third of the nation's transit riders without service. we applaud the outstanding and tireless efforts of emergency responders throughout the region who work with all the affected transportation agencies to restore as much service as quickly as possible. fda and the broader department of transportation have been engaged throughout this event. we were even before the storm hit in regular and electronic touch with many transportation leaders, governors and impacted mayors of the region in terms of preparation including members on your second panel. also after the storm fda worked with fema to procure well over 200 buses to p
, but last night president obama called myself and the speaker and maybe others from hawaii and asked if there was something weekend do to avoid the fiscal cliff. i say i'm a little frustrated because we've been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months, literally for months. a plan that would simplify the tax code, shrink the deficit, protect the taxpayers, and grow the economy. but democrats consistently rejected those offers. the president chose instead to spend his time on the campaign trail. this was even after he got reelected. and congressional democrats sat on their hands. now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. the phone never rang. and so now here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. democrats have had an entire year to put forward a balanced bipartisan proposal, and if they had something that fit the bill, i'm sure the majority leader would have been able to deliver the votes the president would hav
. at the beginning of 2012 president obama and the military civilian leaders of the department came together to publicly release the new defense strategy it was designed to help the military effective navigate the turning point and prepare for the future under that strategy it was to reshape the force of the 21st century, to try to meet the new security challenges that we are confronting in this world and try to help the country at the same time reduce the deficits that we are confronting and we were handed in the budget control to reduce the defense budget by $487 billion over the next decade almost half a trillion dollars. based on my own budget experience at the time. the approach is to simply not come across the board and holler about the forced but to try to develop a strategy for what is it that we want the defense department to be not just now but going into the future as well. and that was the purpose we developed the strategy. as the year 2012 draws to a close, today i want to describe the strategic environment that is shaping our future plans, the progress we have made towards impl
represents what is pono, in hawaiian, what is just and right. our bill is supported by president barack obama and the departments of justice and interior. it has the strong support of hawaii's governor and the state legislature, and a large majority of the people of hawaii. our bill has the endorsement of the american bar association, the national congress of american indians, the alaska federation of natives, and groups throughout the native hawaiian community. as a senator and senior statesman, senator dan inouye advocated that congress do its job and legislate where native communities were concerned. dan inouye believed that a promise made should be a promise kept. in the days since my dear friend , dan's passing, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love from hawaii and every other state in the union, and native communities across the country are mourning the loss and paying tribute to their great champion. dan inouye's absence will be felt in this chamber, and the nation for many years to come. may his legacy live on for generations of native americans and inspire all americans to a
not ask these questions, we're simply not doing our job. and that's true whether it's president obama or president bush or some other president. i hope we can adopt the wyden amendment to improve the reporting requirements of the fisa act. i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense amendment. with that, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from indiana. mr. coats: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of h.r. 1, for the purpose of calling up and debating the coats amendment. that following the remarks of senator coats, senator alexander be recognized, that the senate resume consideration of the fisa bill h.r. 5949 after that and all that provisions -- and that all provisions of the previous orders remain in effect. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the clerk will report. mr. coats: i'd like to call -- the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 1, an act making appropriations for the department of defense and other departments and agencies of the government for the fiscal year endi
controlled the senate and our president, president obama, was then a senator, he said, "if the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting and bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse." i think this statement applies today. i'm tired of the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock. the american people do not want to see even more partisanship bickering in washington, d.c. they want us to work together and solve our nation's problems. they want us to get things done. preserving the rules of the senate is not a partisan issue but it's about protecting the nature of the senate and the rights of the minority. without the ability to compromise or debate on the floor of the senate, i fear that the greatest deliberative body will drastically be changed and changed for the worse. the original design of the senate enabled each senator to be equal to one another no matter the party label and each had the right to protest using the filibuster. but if we choose to silence the senators in the minority no
, president obama, vice president biden, i thought that senator inouye was indisruptble, and if i had not been honored to be at his bedside when he died, i still would not believe that he is gone. he was generous to the very end for he gave me the great gift of instructive closure. i was with him in alaska at senator steven's memorial service, and the president mentioned a courtly baritone. he gave one of the most amazing tributes i had ever heard. i made him promise that he would teach me how to speak like that. [laughter] he said modestly, "what do you mean, chaplain?" i said, "i want your elegance of diction and brilliance of metaphor. i want your poetry of imagination." he smiled and dismissed my request so i had the opportunity of reminding him at walter reid that he still had unfinished work to do with me, please, i still need your help. i was blessed to be able to hold his hand. i was blessed to be able to be able to recite the scriptture -- scriptures, and the last passage that i recited before he transitioned from time into eternity is a passage with words that have been whispered by
. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: mr. president, president obama spoke a little earlier, not long ago, and i did go to the tv but missed the part where he outlined some of his ideas for passage by the congress to avoid the fiscal cliff, and he called on congress to act. we know that last night the house was unable to bring forward a bill, they brought one -- that would deal with the fiscal cliff. and previously they have passed a bill that would have solved that problem and put us on the right path. but they didn't last night. and the senate hasn't done anything. so there's been a lot of criticism of the house, that the house failed to pass legislation last night, and they did, and i would like for them to have been able to pass legislation. however, the senate has passed no legislation, and the president made a speech this afternoon, and i take it as a serious statement, but previously he made a speech and it was -- it sounded good, had a lot of things in it that sounded good. i believe congressman ryan, budget chairman in the house, sent it to th
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